Today is National Brain Injury Awareness Day. It’s a day for the family and friends of survivors to help others understand what it’s like to live with brain injury. Here are 3 things you can do to help.
Learn the Impact
In 2010, about 2.5 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths were connected with traumatic brain injures. That’s a 70 percent increase since 2001. Of these cases, 40 percent were from falls and 14 percent were from motor vehicle accidents.
Traumatic brain injuries can cause everything from paralysis and total physical disability to disruptions in the way a person speaks, listens, and understands everyday encounters. It can cause changes in behavior and hurt relationships. It can even cause brain injury victims to lose jobs and end up homeless.
Family and friends often feel like they can’t do anything to help, but supporting a brain injury victim is an important step in the healing process.
Buy a Helmet
Traumatic brain injuries can happen because of anything from a hard hit on the football field to a devastating car crash. Some happen as a result of bicycle accidents.
That’s why one bike helmet manufacturer, called Nutcase, has paired up with the Brain Injury Association of America to raise money for brain injury research and awareness. For every helmet sold on their website, nutcasehelmets.com, they will donate $2 to BIAA’s work towards healthy brains.
Spread the Word!
One of the biggest challenges for brain injury is early detection and treatment. The longer a concussion or other TBI goes undiagnosed, the more swelling and inflammation will affect the patient’s life.
That’s why today’s Brain Injury Awareness Day is so important. Spread the word to parents, teachers, and caregivers you know so they can learn how to detect brain injury and what to do if someone they know is hurt.
This month, BIAA is launching a series of “Not Alone” events, which will help families de-stigmatize the injury and provide support to victims and their families. If you know people who have been impacted by a traumatic brain injury, direct them to BIAA or another TBI support network so they can get help for their injuries.
David Christensen is a brain injury expert for Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He and his team help the victims of traumatic brain injuries receive the benefits they are entitled to from their insurance agencies to be sure they have access to the best care for their condition. If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.